Friday, June 27, 2014

Enemy (2013)

Director: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini. 90 min. Rated R. Canada/Spain. Mystery/Thriller.

I'm worried that Villeneuve will be hit by the Shyamalan curse: that after two masterpieces (Incendies and Prisoners, both MoMagic!s), he'll start showing a downward trend. Enemy, which was made between the two films, is the Jose Saramago-based story of a depressed history teacher who discovers there's an exact lookalike of him out there - with very creepy consequences. There are some strange, hard-to-believe, enchanting and even discomforting moments here, and although I think I understood the David Lynchian ending, it didn't have the tremendous punch of ViIlleneuve's other films. Still, I'm hoping for better films to come.

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